J Korean Geriatr Psychiatry.  2001 Dec;5(2):140-153.

Traumatic Brain Injury in the Elderly

  • 1Department of Neuropsychiatry, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Buchon-Si, Korea. hanyjung@schbc.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Neuropsychiatry, Eumsung Mental Hospital, Eumseong-Gun, Chungbuk Province, Korea.


Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is as common in elderly people as it is in young adults. Compared to TBI among young adults, TBI among the elderly differs in mechanism of injury, clinical presentation, comorbidities, and prognosis. This article begins with an overview of the literature on epidemiology, unique characteristics and pathophysiology of geriatric head injuries. Neurological sequelae and indices of general outcome following TBI will be disussed. We will discuss the proposed relationship between TBI and Alzheimer's disease, which lead to a greater understanding of the pathogenesis of both TBI and Alzheimer's disease. The literature about the assessment and management of TBI will be reviewed.


Traumatic brain injury (TBI); Elderly; Alzheimer's disease
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